After numerous leaks and mysterious appearances, Motorola and Verizon have finally gone ahead and announced the Motorola Droid X2.
The Droid X2 is the successor to the popular Motorola Droid X. Like its predecessor, the X2 will sport a 4.3-inch anti-reflective and scratch resistant screen, with qHD (960×540) resolution.
The handset will be powered by a 1GHz dual-core Nvidia Tegra 2 chipset, and pack 512MB of RAM along with 8GB of internal memory. The back of the phone sports an 8MP camera with dual-LED flash, which is capable of recording videos in 1080p HD resolution. Sadly, there is no front-facing camera for video calls.
Other key features of the Droid X2 include mini-HDMI port, GPS with A-GPS, Wi-Fi b/g/n, eCompass and a 3.5mm audio jack. Shockingly, the X2 runs on the now outdated Android 2.2 (Froyo) with MotoBLUR UI on top of it. Motorola states that they will release the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the device soon.
Announcing a high-end device with Froyo right now is simply unacceptable, especially when it has been six months since Gingerbread’s code went public.
The Droid X2 will be available online at VerizonWireless.com beginning from May 19, and will hit the retail stores on May 26. The handset will set users back by $199.9, on a two-year contract.
The folks over at Pocket Now have managed to get their hands on the advertisement of the upcoming MeeGo-powered device from Nokia the N9.
The leaked advertisement managed to provide some information about Nokia’s first MeeGo powered handset. The N9 will sport the same form-factor as the current business communicator from Nokia the E7, a slide-out four-row QWERTY keyboard. Like the N8 and the E7, the N9 will also be made of aluminum.
The video also suggests that the screen size will be around 4-inch, and it’s going to be a CBD (Clear-Black Display).
Below is the leaked advertisement :
The advertisement also shows off a front facing camera, and the back camera with an unknown MP with optics from Carl Zeiss, and dual-LED flash. The video also gives us a sneak-peek into MeeGo’s UI. The icons of the MeeGo UI look similar to the one which will be used in Symbian Anna.
Right now, that’s all the information which I could gather from the leaked advertisement. Hopefully, Nokia will release some more information about the N9 in the coming days.
It was only in the first 3 months of 2011, that the different variants of the Galaxy S in the U.S got the Android 2.2 Froyo update. Galaxy S owners in Europe got a taste of Froyo way back in October, and tasted Gingerbread recently!
Up until now it was unclear whether Samsung will update the Galaxy S series of handsets in the U.S. to Android 2.3 Gingerbread, because of the huge Froyo update controversy.
Now, it looks like Samsung indeed intends to release the Gingerbread update for the at least one Galaxy S branded handset the Sprint’s Epic 4G.
The folks over at ACS forums are reporting that an Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the Epic 4G has leaked on the Internet. The ROM has already been rooted and de-odexed and is available for Epic 4G owners to download and test. Notable features of the ROM include working Netflix app, working FM radio, and Google Talk with video works as well!
I hope Samsung will sort out the bugs and issues and release the official Gingerbread update for the Epic 4G soon. Hopefully, other Galaxy S branded handsets in the U.S. will also get the Gingerbread update.
In the last one week or so, the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the Desire HD, T-Mobile G2, and the Desire Z have leaked on the Internet. This is all due to only one man 911Sniper.
He also released the ROMs of un-released handsets like the HTC Doubleshot, and the Sensation, due to which many Android handsets got a taste of Sense 3.0 UI.
Now, 911Sniper has just released the Android 2.3 Gingerbread test build for the HTC Thunderbolt (codenamed Mecha). HTC had earlier announced that the Thunderbolt will get the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update by Q2 of 2011.
A leaked test build suggests that the company is already working on the update, and in all probability the update is in its final stages. Sadly, the leaked test build is based on Android 2.3.3, which means video calling via the front facing camera using Google Talk will be a no go!
The HTC Thunderbolt was the first 4G LTE compatible handset to hit the Verizon network. The handset packs a mammoth 4.3-inch S-LCD, and is powered by a 1GHz Snapdragon processor. The Thunderbolt launched with Android 2.2 Froyo on-board, with HTC’s Sense UI (v2.0) running on top of it.
The Gingerbread update for the Thunderbolt will bring with it performance improvements, usability improvements, and native SIP calling etc.
I don’t own a HTC Thunderbolt myself so as to test the leaked Gingerbread build. However, I would suggest readers to check out Droid-Life for a small preview of the Gingerbread leak.
Nokia has announced via a blog post on their Conversations blog, that they will be killing the Ovi brand. All the Ovi related services will be renamed to ‘Nokia Services’.
The Finnish giant will start transitioning to Nokia Services beginning from July this year. Nokia expects the transition to complete by the end of 2012.
The reason cited behind Nokia killing the Ovi brand is the popularity of Nokia as a brand name, and aiming to tightly integrate their various services with their handsets.
Here is Nokia’s official statement on re branding Ovi to Nokia services -:
The reasons for this decision includes the fact that Nokia is a well-known and highly-loved brand the world over. Our mobile experiences are tightly integrated with our devices there is no longer a differentiation. For example, if consumers want the best mobile navigation experience, they know it’s a Nokia that they can rely on. These last few years, and moving forward, our mission remains unchanged: we will continue our work to deliver compelling, unified mobile service offerings and next-generation, disruptive technologies.
Nokia also states that they are only changing the name of their services, and the existence of these services will not be affected by it. In all probability, Nokia has taken this step due to its partnership with Microsoft, and its upcoming WP8 based phones.
Right now, looking at how things are going, I doubt the existence of the Finnish giant – Nokia – itself!
Samsung has announced that it will start rolling out the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for its Galaxy branded Android handsets.
The Galaxy branded Android handsets include Galaxy S, Ace, Fit, Mini, Gio, Galaxy Tab and some Galaxy branded handsets meant for Korea.
Here is a small change-log of the update :
· Faster Performance Multimedia content now has a lower CPU consumption rate, while support for more powerful 3D Graphics enables an enhanced mobile gaming experience.
· Upgraded Usability The user interface has been improved, enabling faster access and control and a more intuitive user experience. Users will also benefit from improved copy-and-paste functionality.
Galaxy S users in the U.K and Nordic Countries will get the update by mid-May. The update will then be gradually rolled out to European, North America and Asian countries. Other Galaxy branded handsets will also taste Gingerbread in the Nordic countries by the end of this month.
Samsung did release the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the Galaxy S in the middle of last month. But, later on the update was pulled back by the company for some unknown reasons.
The original Motorola Droid and the Verizon’s Droid campaign way back in 2009 was one of the major reasons of Android’s monumental growth.
Original Droid was and still remains one of the most popular and successful Android phone. People had huge expectations from the Motorola Droid 2. Sadly, the Droid 2 was just another Android with a 1GHz CPU and a slide-out keyboard.
Original Droid owners and lovers expect that the Droid 3 from Motorola will be a radical overhaul from the Droid 2.
Now, a leaked benchmark of the upcoming Droid 3 has popped up on the Internet. The benchmark suggests that the Droid 3 will pack in a qHD (960×640) screen, and will be powered by a dual-core 1GHZ OMAP processor. The GPU inside the Droid 3 will be the PowerVR SGX540, same as the one found in the Galaxy S, albeit with a higher clock speed.
A few days ago, a picture of the Droid 3 also leaked on the Internet. The picture suggests that the Droid 3 will have a bigger screen that the Droid 2, and a five-row slide-out QWERTY keyboard.
Personally, I am a bit disappointed with the Droid 3 specs. The original Droid had a killer hardware which was pretty much unheard of that time. Sadly, the Droid 3 will again have specs which other high-end Droids will sport. I still hope that the Droid 3 has a special feature, which makes it stand out from other high-end Android handsets.
Via Droid Life
Back in 2010, HTC’s Android handsets were very modding friendly, and that was one of the main reasons for their popularity. HTC’s handsets were among the first to get a new mod or ROM ports. This was all because HTC did not lock or encrypt their handsets boot loader.
Sadly, it looks like this year the company has taken a different approach towards unlocked boot loader on their handsets. All the phones HTC have released this year including the Desire S, and the Incredible S have a locked boot loader. Many developers and modders criticized HTC for this, and expected that the company won’t be so strict with its next super-phone the HTC Sensation.
Sadly, the folks over at AndroidPolice are reporting that the Sensation will ship with a signed boot loader as well. Unless the developers get extremely lucky, like in the case of the HTC Thunderbolt, there is a very tough chance of unlocking the boot loader.
This news has already caused many developers and HTC handsets users to change their mind about the Sensation. The Samsung Galaxy S II is no less than the Sensation in the specs department, and many people are looking towards it as a viable alternative.
It is really sad to see HTC shipping their phones with an encrypted boot loader. Motorola is already being criticized by a lot of people for shipping their phones with locked boot loaders. Companies need to realize that shipping their phones with a locked boot loader is going to adversely affect the handsets sales.
Motorola and HTC should learn a lesson or two from Samsung, LG and Sony Ericsson on supporting the modding community.
Late last month, we reported that T-Mobile G2 Android 2.3 Gingerbread update has leaked on the Internet. However, the update which leaked was not the final version, but a test or beta version.
Now, a developer over at the XDA forums – Football – has managed to get his hands on the final version of the Gingerbread update for the T-Mobile G2. He has already uploaded the ROM for other G2 owners to download. Here is the link to the thread.
T-Mobile G2 owners who flashed this ROM on their handset reported that not much has changed compared to the previous leak. T-Mobile has largely left Gingerbread in its stock form, except for installing some applications like Wi-Fi calling etc. Sadly, the screen-off animation, as found on the Nexus S, is not present.
G2 owners who have rooted their phone should not flash this ROM. If they do so, they will loose root access to the system partitions. A rooted, zip aligned version of the ROM is also up for download over at XDA forums by xboarder56
The ROM will also work flawlessly on the European counterpart of the T-Mobile G2, the HTC Desire Z.
Back at MWC 2011, Samsung announced the highly anticipated successor to the Galaxy S the Galaxy S II. At that time, the Galaxy S II was supposed to feature a 1GHz dual-core Exynos processor.
However, a month down the line Samsung decided to bump the clock speed of the processor to 1.2GHz. The already fast Galaxy S II got faster, due to the 200MHz speed bump on each core.
The Galaxy S II is already the fastest Android smartphone ever. However, this has not stopped the awesome developer coolbho3000 to overclock his Galaxy S II to 1.5GHz, in a bid to make it faster! Yes, that’s 1.5GHz (1504MHz to be precise)!
He has uploaded a video of his Galaxy S II running at 1.5GHz and ripping through all the benchmarks. Here is the video of the Galaxy S II overclocked to 1.5GHz :
He has also posted the steps so that fellow Galaxy S II owners can overclock their phone to 1.5GHz, if they wish to. Here is the link to the thread over at the XDA forums.
I will recommend general Galaxy S II owners to stay away from installing this kernel on their handset, except for testing needs.